Meet Kfir Ochaion, the electric guitarist slowly taking over Youtube day by day. His channel has over 150,000 subscribers and every video he uploads hits at least 100k views and more.
In his words “I use the guitar strings as vocal cords, capturing the human voice with my fingers,” and we haven’t seen anything more accurate. We personally discovered him while searching Youtube drowning in our own tears looking for covers of Prince songs on the day of Prince’s death. Kfir covered “Purple Rain” and we was absolutely amazed. Did we say we cried?
Watch the beautiful cover below :
After seeing that cover and listening to his music we emailed him to do a interview and guess what? He said yes.
Check out the interview below:
TBC: First off I want to thank you for taking the time out your day to talk with us today. We truly appreciate it.I want to start off by saying that you are truly gifted. I’m sure you’ve been playing a long time. Tell us, when and why did you start playing the guitar ? And does your family have a musical background ?Kfir: Thank you so much!I’ve always been attracted to the sound of the guitar and the electric guitar in specific.I remember myself as a little kid listening to songs like Hotel California, Dazed in Confused and other classic rock songs and felt each guitar solo burning through my bones.One specific solo that really touched me was of the song I Put A Spell On You by Creedence Clearwater Revival and this is the one song that really drove me to play the guitar. My father bought me my first guitar when I was 10 years old. It was a cheap Samick nylon strings guitar but it was so precious to me.There’s no musical background in my family.TBC: Just merely being on your page, one can tell that you are inspired by multiple genres of music. Which one speaks to you the most?Kfir: I love music. Every genre of it. My main influence is classic rock but I love everything from Baroque through Metal to electronic.But it is gotta be a good one 🙂TBC: I see the legend Slash is following you on Instagram. Tell us how did this happen, how you felt etc. Have you met each other?Kfir: Yes he is!It was such a nice surprise and I’m very honoured that he is following me. After all he’s one of my biggest idols.We’ve never met, really hope we will some day.Which other famous musicians or guitarist’s have you learned the most from?Kfir :There are so many. From each one I try to take something and put it in my style.Ritchie Blackmore is one of my main influencers. His playing style in Deep Purple era is very close to what I have in my head as the perfect guitar soloing. Other main influencers are: Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Slash, Al Di Meola and many more.You post a lot of videos of you just playing the guitar in your home. It’s clear practice is the key of awesome guitar playing. Any advice for beginners like how long to practice a day & what genre of music is the easiest to learn first or practice?Kfir: Practice is the key.The more you practice – The better.There’s no specific genre that is better to practice to.Most important thing is to enjoy while doing it.We have to ask was there any hard or tricky parts when you first started to play the guitar?Kfir:Most starts aren’t easy.I had to struggle at first to make a chord sound right.I also had really crappy gear when I first started and that didn’t make it easy, but I am thankful for what I had.I personally first discovered you through a Prince cover of one of his classic hits “Purple Rain”. It was absolutely mind blowing. Tell us, how long did that cover take? Did you have tabs or was this all by ear? And what’s your favorite Prince song?
“He learns all songs by ear! Amazing!”
Kfir:Thank you very much!It took me in total about 8 hours. I learned it by having a mp4 video file of the song.All my stuff I learn is by ear.My favourite Prince songs is “When Doves Cry.”I LOVE the ending and the rhythm is on point!You have an album out called “I”. Can you explain what’s your inspiration behind this album and the meaning of your title?Kfir:My first album is a collection of my most popular covers at the time it was released.My next album’s title is going to be “II” so that pretty much explains the meaning of the first one 🙂Anything upcoming your fans can look forward to ?Kfir:Sure! A second covers album is on the way, with never before released covers.It’s going to be mostly classic songs and more Rock stuff.And some original material is on the way so there’s a lot to look forward to!Before we end this interview can we request tabs on Prince “Purple Rain” and for you to cover “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” Solo by Prince?Kfir:Ahh… TabsThe most repetitive word in the history of guitar playing 🙂I really hope to have tabs to more songs.Problem is that it is so time consuming (and not certainly not the funnest thing to do).I prefer to spend time on newer music, but whenever I can I will try to do more tabs including “Purple Rain.”Truth is I don’t know “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” by Prince. I’ll be sure to check it out.